This is the best soup I have ever had. It has lots of vegetables, Italian sausage, and even tortellini. Soup is one of my favorite foods and this one tops the list.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.

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  • Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.

  • Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; 8.9 g total fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 542 mg sodium. 27.7 g carbohydrates; 12.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2006
YUM-O! This was excellent! I used hot italian sausage and skipped the wine. I also added a package of frozen corn, red peppers and black beans (came mixed together). Also used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green peppers and garlic instead of fresh tomatoes. Added some red pepper flakes and used boxed cheese and spinach tortellini. Oh, and I put in a whole package of fresh baby spinach around 5 minutes before it was done. This soup is great because you can add just about anything you like. It was so delicious and filling. This is a definite keeper in my house! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2012
aww it was just okay in my opininon. Had a good taste and was very hearty but felt it was missing something Read More
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551 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2006
YUM-O! This was excellent! I used hot italian sausage and skipped the wine. I also added a package of frozen corn, red peppers and black beans (came mixed together). Also used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green peppers and garlic instead of fresh tomatoes. Added some red pepper flakes and used boxed cheese and spinach tortellini. Oh, and I put in a whole package of fresh baby spinach around 5 minutes before it was done. This soup is great because you can add just about anything you like. It was so delicious and filling. This is a definite keeper in my house! Read More
(143)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2006
YUM-O! This was excellent! I used hot italian sausage and skipped the wine. I also added a package of frozen corn, red peppers and black beans (came mixed together). Also used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green peppers and garlic instead of fresh tomatoes. Added some red pepper flakes and used boxed cheese and spinach tortellini. Oh, and I put in a whole package of fresh baby spinach around 5 minutes before it was done. This soup is great because you can add just about anything you like. It was so delicious and filling. This is a definite keeper in my house! Read More
(143)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2004
This is indeed really, really good! I am a stickler for following a recipe to the letter the first time (I do not understand how people can trash a recipe and then go on at length about what they did or didn't do - it just isn't fair!)and I wouldn't change a thing. Maybe add some fresh spinach or mushrooms? Thanks Tim for an excellent addition to my recipe box! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2003
This is as good or better than any soups we've had in Italy. My Italian husband loved it and with all of the vegetables it's truly a healthy meal even with the sausage! Easy to modify (I added additional tortellini and vegetables to make it even heartier) and keeps well for additional meals. Thank you Tim for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
I made this twice. The first time I used an iron skillet and hubby cooked sausage on grill. I sauted onions and garlic in pan. Then added red cooking wine and beef broth and let it boil for a while. Then I added the sausage and let it cook a little longer. Then I put in crock pot and put in seasonings and tomato sauce. I left out the tomatoes. I let it cook for a couple hours more. Kids loved it. It got left out overnight and I had to throw it out.:( Second batch I used chicken broth and cooked the sausage in the skillet. I put it in the crock pot again with the sauted veggies and instead of tomato sauce I just added a whole jar of spaghetti sauce! I left it thin enough to be a soup and the seasoning were enough to keep it tasting great. The second batch was a little oilier because of the cooking the sausage inside in a skillet rather than the grill. I think the flavor of sausage was better the first time but the spaghetti sauce worked great. Then second batch I Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2008
Delicious! This is the second time I have made this. First time true to the recipe and second time a few moderations. Both ways though you can't go wrong! This time I: used a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh to save time out of red wine used extra broth added a teaspoon of creole seasoning to bump up the flavor to cut calories I used turkey italian link sausage I put everything but the tortellini in a crock pot and let it simmer on low all day while at work. When I came home I pulled the sausage out and sliced it boiled the tortellini and added it then added in 2 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch to 1/4 cup of water to thicken it up a bit. Topped it all with a little dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar with blue tortilla chips on the side and viola! Dinner served with so little effort...:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2007
Out of the last 3 "5 star" rated soup recipes that I have tried the past 3 nights this is the only one that deserves 5 stars according to my family of 7. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2007
I used half beef and half chicken broth canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh dried pasta and I added some fresh baby spinach the last 5 minutes cooking. This was a great soup.....and it makes a ton. Hubby is looking forward to leftovers! Thanks Tim for the great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2012
The beauty of this type of soup beside the fact that it s incredibly satisfying as well as delicious (I dare you to stop at just one bowl of this) is that it lends itself so well to adaptation so as to make use of whatever odds and ends of pasta or vegetables you have on hand. In this instance I was able to add some beautiful rich juices left after slow cooking a beef roast yesterday with tomatoes red wine and beef broth. I also used quite a bit more sausage than the recipe directed. Unless your tomatoes are very red and ripe difficult in April I would suggest using a good canned tomato instead preferably San Marzano which is what I did today. I passed on the tomato sauce. I didn t have zucchini and I don t care for carrots (no I mean to say I hate carrots) so I didn t use them filling the gap instead with celery (the leaves too!) and baby spinach which I added toward the end. I used fresh oregano and basil because I was lucky enough to have it growing. I didn t have cheese tortellini (Hubs hates it) but I did have some cute little mini beef ravioli which filled in nicely. I cooked the ravioli separately then added it at the end so it wouldn t absorb too much broth. There is no right or wrong way to make this soup BUT to be authentic you MUST add the freshly grated Parmesan upon serving. I had intended to serve this tonight with a salad and Italian bread but we found this completely satisfying without either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2006
I've made this recipe twice; but the 2nd time around I used about 3 1/2 Cups broth and during the last 10 minutes of simmer I added 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream and it was really really good. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2012
aww it was just okay in my opininon. Had a good taste and was very hearty but felt it was missing something Read More
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